Best Way to Move VM's/Upgrade Drives on VMWare ESXi 3.5

I've got two drives RAID1 on a Poweredge 1950 server on a PERC 5i (I believe) controller, and am upgrading to larger capacity drives. I have ESXi 3.5 installed and four or five VM's running inside the machine. What is the best way to have the exact same setup on the new drives as I have on the current ones, only with the (obviously) higher capacity? Should I just Acronis the whole array? Or copy out the VM's one at a time? Some other solution?
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vmwarun - ArunCommented:
What is your general backup strategy ?
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yetti78Author Commented:
Server is still in build out phase (obviously).

As of right now, I'll likely do monthly full backups of each VM in their entirety.

Inside each VM is a separate data partition that I'll backup nightly/weekly.

I have two SQL Servers inside two different VM's, they will get fullly backed up twice a day.
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vmwarun - ArunCommented:
This would be my suggested method

1. Backup VMs to an external drive.
2. Shutdown the ESX Hosts
3. Upgrade the HDDs
4. Reinstall ESXi 3.5
5. Move the VMs back to the VMFS Datastore
6. Power on the VMs.


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yetti78Author Commented:
Thought this was the way, thanks arunraju. Quick question : best way to backup the VM's themselves from ESXi 3.5? Thanks in advance.
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vmwarun - ArunCommented:
I suggest Trilead VM Explorer Free Edition since they have the ability to backup VMs running on VMware ESX 3.0.X/3.5/3iVMware ESX 3.0.X/3.5/3i

Download Link - http://www.trilead.com/Download/
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yetti78Author Commented:
Just wanted to add that Trilead is PERFECT. arunraju, I'd give you another 500 if I could!
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